Homemade Apple Cider – Instant Pot, Stove Top

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This Homemade Apple Cider is the perfect beverage to enjoy this fall and during winters. This Instant Pot cider is so easy to make, with just the few ingredients you can make the best cider at home. Made with fresh sweet and tart apples, orange, ginger, aromatic cinnamon, cloves and star anise.

 

Homemade Apple Cider - Instant Pot, Stove Top

 

HOMEMADE APPLE CIDER

Apple cider (also known as cider, or sweet cider) is a non-alcoholic beverage made by pressing the apples. It is unfiltered, unsweetened liquid, extracted from the apples. Cider is the best fall and holiday beverage, easy to make at home, is economical and way better than the store bought ones.

Store-bought apple cider is way sweeter for our taste. Homemade apple cider is easily customizable, and the best part is I know exactly what’s in the making of the cider. We love this all-natural, pure homemade apple cider.

INGREDIENTS FOR HOMEMADE APPLE CIDER

8 medium apples, cored and quartered (mix of Gala, Honey Crisp, Granny Smith)

1 orange, quartered

1/2 inch ginger, grated (optional)

3-4 CINNAMON STICK or 1 teaspoon GROUND CINNAMON

8-10 WHOLE CLOVES or 1/8 teaspoon GROUND CLOVES

1 STAR ANISE

8 cups water, (enough to cover the fruits)

2 tablespoon MAPLE SYRUP, brown sugar, or sweetener of choice, adjust to taste

Pic Shown: Homemade Apple Cider 

 

Homemade Apple Cider - Instant Pot, Stove Top

 

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE APPLE CIDER

Making homemade apple cider from scratch is way more easier than you may think. I absolutely love this dump and go recipe to make homemade apple cider, super easy, inexpensive and tastes 1000 times better than the store bought ones.

I love to make this apple cider in Instant Pot. It is so much quicker and best part is requires zero monitoring. I add all the ingredients in the pot, and pressure cook it, it is that simple. This is one of the best fall beverages I often make at home, so soothing and bursting with all the fall flavors. Try this easy one-pot recipe to make your very own homemade apple cider this fall and enjoy with your family and friends.

INSTANT POT HOMEMADE APPLE CIDER

You will need INSTANT POT, FINE MESH SIEVE

Add cut apples, oranges, and grated ginger into the inner pot.

Add whole spices – cinnamon stick, cloves, and star anise.

Fill the pot with enough water to cover the fruits. Close the lid, vent sealed.

Set it on MANUAL / PRESSURE COOK (high) for 15 minutes. Followed by 10 minutes of natural pressure release and then release the remaining pressure manually.

 

 

Strain the cider using a fine mesh sieve. Press the fruits while straining to release the juices. Work in batches, if required. Discard or reserve the pulp to make homemade apple cider butter.

Note: See below, recipe for homemade apple cider butter from leftover pulp.

Add some maple syrup, brown sugar, or sweetener of your choice. Mix well.

Note: If using sugar, simmer the cider for couple of minutes.

 

 

Serve warm or cold. Store apple cider in a clean, airtight container. Cider stays good for up to a week in the refrigerator or freeze for up to 2 months.

STOVE TOP HOMEMADE APPLE CIDER

Add all the ingredients to a pot. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to medium low. Cover and simmer for around 2 hours, or until the apples are soft and mushy. Rest of the recipe is same as Instant Pot.

Pic Shown: Homemade Apple Cider 

 

Homemade Apple Cider - Instant Pot, Stove Top

 

APPLE CIDER BUTTER FROM LEFTOVER PULP

Discard the orange peel, and whole spices from the leftover pulp.

In a blender, blend the pulp into a smooth puree.

Transfer the puree to a pan. Simmer the puree for 10-15 minutes, or until all the moisture has evaporated and the mixture thickens quite a bit, just like butter consistency.

Add ground cinnamon, and maple syrup or preferred sweetener, adjust to taste. Mix well.

Cool completely, and transfer to a airtight container.

Enjoy this fresh homemade apple cider butter!!

PRO TIPS FOR BEST HOMEMADE APPLE CIDER

The Star ingredient of this recipe is apples. I prefer mix variety of apples such as Granny Smith, Gala, and Honey Crisp. They are ideal candidates for making homemade apple cider. Perfect balance of sweet-tart flavor. I use organic apples for this recipe. 

Use a fine mesh strainer to strain the cider. Gently press the pulp to extract the liquid. You can also use  a nut bag for more finer cider. 

We love flavors of cinnamon, cloves, and star anise. However, nutmeg, all-spice also add great flavor to the cider. I use whole spices but you can also use ground spices. 

The flavor of the cider depends upon the variety of apples used. Use combination of sweet-tart flavors for best tasting cider.

I use some maple syrup or honey to sweeten the cider. You can use sweetener of your choice, adjust to taste. 

I like to use the leftover pulp to make apple cider butter. It is so easy to make cider butter and tastes amazing. I have shared how to make cider butter in the recipe card below and in the post as well.

I prefer to blend the pulp to a smooth puree, and then simmer the puree to a desired consistency. Add some maple syrup or brown sugar to taste, and some extra cinnamon for added flavor. Feel free to spice the butter as per liking. Nutmeg, all-spice, cloves add a great flavor.

Pic Shown: Homemade Apple Cider 

 

Homemade Apple Cider - Instant Pot, Stove Top

 

FAQ ABOUT HOMEMADE APPLE CIDER

WHAT APPLES TO USE

I prefer mix variety of apples such as Granny Smith, Gala, and Honey Crisp. They are ideal candidates for making homemade apple cider. Perfect balance of sweet-tart flavor. I use organic apples for this recipe. 

DO I NEED TO PEEL APPLES

I used organic apples for this recipe. I chose to leave the apple skin on. However, if you prefer, you can peel the skin and use the apples.

CAN I USE SUGAR SUBSTITUTE

Yes, you can use sweetener of your choice, adjust to taste.

WHERE TO FIND STAR ANISE

Star anise adds a nice licorice flavor to the cider. It can be found in Asian / Indian grocery stores in the spices section. You can also find star anise in grocery stores with International section, or on Amazon.

CAN I USE LEMONS

Yes, you can add some lemon along with oranges, to add a citrusy flavor to the cider. Lemon can be added at the time of pressure cooking. You can also add some lemon juice to taste, just before serving the cider.

CAN I USE CRANBERRIES

Yes, you can use fresh or frozen cranberries for additional flavor. Around 1/2 cup of cranberries is good for this recipe.

CAN I USE ORANGE JUICE INSTEAD OF ORANGE

Yes, you can add orange juice instead of an orange. Both work equally fine. Add 1/2-3/4 cup of fresh orange juice, instead of an orange.

WHY ADD GINGER

Ginger adds an aromatic, peppery, sweetness to the cider with it’s pungent, and fresh flavor. The lemony, citrusy, earthy flavor of ginger adds a warming taste to apple cider.

You can substitute 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger, instead of fresh ginger.

CAN I DOUBLE THE RECIPE

Yes, you can double the recipe depending upon the size of the Instant Pot. Fill the pot up to the max mark.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH LEFTOVER PULP

Discard the orange peel, and whole spices. Use the pulp in place of applesauce, in baking, or whip up some delicious pancakes, waffles, or to the smoothies.

Make apple butter using the pulp. Reduce the pulp, until all the moisture has evaporated and the mixture thickens quite a bit, just like butter consistency. Enjoy this fresh homemade apple butter on a slice of a toast.

Pic Shown: Homemade Apple Cider Butter

 

Instant Pot Apple Cider Butter

 

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Pic Shown: Homemade Apple Cider

 

Homemade Apple Cider - Instant Pot, Stove Top

 

Homemade Apple Cider - Instant Pot, Stove Top

This Instant Pot cider is so easy to make, with just the few ingredients you can make the best cider at home. Made with fresh sweet and tart apples, orange, ginger, aromatic cinnamon, cloves and star anise.
Course beverages
Cuisine American
Keyword cider,apple cider, homemade apple cider, instant pot cider, instant pot apple cider, instant pot recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Author Jyoti Behrani

Ingredients

INGREDIENTS FOR HOMEMADE APPLE CIDER

Instructions

INSTANT POT HOMEMADE APPLE CIDER

  • Add cut apples, oranges, and grated ginger into the inner pot.
  • Add whole spices – cinnamon stick, cloves, and star anise.
  • Fill the pot with enough water to cover the fruits. Close the lid, vent sealed.
  • Set it on MANUAL / PRESSURE COOK (high) for 15 minutes. Followed by 10 minutes of natural pressure release and then release the remaining pressure manually.
  • Strain the cider using a fine mesh sieve. Press the fruits while straining to release the juices. Work in batches, if required. Discard or reserve the pulp to make homemade apple cider butter.
    Note: See below, recipe for homemade apple cider butter from leftover pulp.
  • Add some maple syrup, brown sugar, or sweetener of your choice. Mix well.
    Note: If using sugar, simmer the cider for couple of minutes.
  • Serve warm or cold. Store apple cider in a clean, airtight container. Cider stays good for up to a week in the refrigerator or freeze for up to 2 months.

STOVE TOP HOMEMADE APPLE CIDER

  • Add all the ingredients to a pot. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to medium low. Cover and simmer for around 2 hours, or until the apples are soft and mushy. Rest of the recipe is same as Instant Pot.

APPLE CIDER BUTTER FROM LEFTOVER PULP

  • Discard the orange peel, and whole spices from the leftover pulp.
  • In a blender, blend the pulp into a smooth puree.
  • Transfer the puree to a pan. Simmer the puree for 10-15 minutes, or until all the moisture has evaporated and the mixture thickens quite a bit, just like butter consistency.
  • Add 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and 1-2 tablespoon of maple syrup or preferred sweetener, adjust to taste. Mix well.
  • Cool completely, and transfer to a airtight container.
  • Enjoy this fresh homemade apple cider butter!!

Notes

Please refer to the post for the following:
  1. PRO TIPS FOR BEST HOMEMADE APPLE CIDER
  2. FAQ ABOUT HOMEMADE APPLE CIDER

 

 

 

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